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Twenty-one children attended the recent Davison County Farmers Union Day Camp, which focused on financial literacy. Along with activities, games and singing, each child decorated their own wooden bank as a craft to promote saving money and listened to a presentation on electric safety given by Jenny Wolff from the East River Electric Power Cooperative.
The number of breastfed infants in the nation is on the rise, but local lactivists want to see more mothers choosing to breastfeed. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control Breastfeeding Report Card showed South Dakota was above the national average for the percentage of infants born that year who were breastfed.
RAPID CITY (AP) -- A woman testified Wednesday that the man standing trial in Rapid City for manslaughter had blood on him and was agitated when she saw him about the time of the slaying. Miranda Brown Bull took the witness stand in the trial of Charles Birds Head, 30, who's charged with felony manslaughter in the Jan. 7 killing of Eustacio Maruffo, 33, at the South Dakota Rose Inn parking lot. Birds Head also is charged with commission of a felony with a firearm and possession of a controlled weapon. KOTA-TV reported that Brown Bull said Birds Head was staying with her.
Cathy K. Bowman, Mitchell, has been named a member of the 2013 President's Council of New York Life. Bowman has been a New York Life agent since 2000 and is associated with New York Life's Great Plains General Office, Sioux Falls. She has earned her LUTCF and CLTC designations and is active in her community and local NAIFA association. She lives in Mitchell with her family.
Michelle Sheesley, Mitchell, Modern Woodmen of America representative, has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table this year. The MDRT is made up of 38,000, less than one percent, of the world's best insurance and financial services professionals. The members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service.
PARKSTON -- Dimock/Emery and Platte stayed alive in the District 5 amateur tournament after earning wins Wednesday. Dimock/Emery defeated Corsica/Stickney 6-1, while Platte topped Tripp-Delmont 10-3. The Raptors got help from Phil Johnson, who had 13 strikeouts. Steven Blom was the losing pitcher, throwing 4 1/3 innings. Alex Kocer threw in relief for 3 2/3 innings. Richard Wiese and Johnson each had two doubles in the win.
- Mitchell Legion Post 18 baseball vs. Spearfish, 11 a.m. state tournament in Rapid City. - Sunshine League District Tournament: Mount Vernon vs. Platte, 6 p.m.; Parkston Rock Bass vs. Dimock/Emery, 8 p.m. in Parkston.
Owls get state amateur berth By The Daily Republic PLANKINTON -- The Wessington Springs Owls earned a come-from-behind victory Tuesday to earn a spot in the state amateur baseball tournament. The Owls defeated Four Corners 10-9 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Kody Kopfmann hit a two-RBI single in the ninth for Wessington Springs, which outhit Four Corners 18-14 in the game. Adam Kaus led the Owls offensively with four hits, Armondo Rodriguez added three hits and Logan Kopfmann, Arin Boschee and Nathan Hainy each had two hits.
"Many of the problems we face have no textbook solution, and so we -- happily -- invent new ones." -- Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.com If only most of our public school leaders felt the same way about textbooks and innovation. The kind of free-thinking entrepreneurs Bezos values most on his "Amazonian" campus might do poorly on the standardized tests that public school students are force-fed. "Have backbone, disagree and commit," Amazon encourages. In all but the very best high schools, that kind of attitude is often quashed. And once quashed, it's hard to get back.